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Old Jan 30, 2005, 7:06 PM   #11
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Old Jan 31, 2005, 5:47 AM   #12
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I haven't found a way to disable the auto-magnify for manual focus.

Pressthe exposure-button halfway down.
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Old Jan 31, 2005, 12:08 PM   #13
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Being that the A200 has IS and your Exp. time 1/6 sec. that wasn't a hand held shot now, was it ?
According to the EXIF data of the recorded image - yep it sure was.
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Old Jan 31, 2005, 9:21 PM   #14
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I haven't found a way to disable the auto-magnify for manual focus.

Press the exposure-button halfway down.
Thanks! That works, but as I feared, it doesn't help much for focusing.

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Old Jan 31, 2005, 10:17 PM   #15
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keep an eye on www.dpreview.com

ifa posting in their forum was right they will be reviewing the A200 this week

other reviews (besides steve's):

http://www.dcresource.com/reviews/ca...il.php?cam=639

http://www.megapixel.net/reviews/min.../a200-gen.html

http://www.a-digital-eye.net/KonicaMinolta_a200.html (thanks Vemund)
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Being that the A200 has IS and your Exp. time 1/6 sec. that wasn't a hand held shot now, was it ?
According to the EXIF data of the recorded image - yep it sure was.

Forgive my naivety, but how does the camera know it is being handheld, or on a tripod ? Which part of the EXIF info tells you this ?

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Old Feb 1, 2005, 4:59 AM   #17
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I have had an olympus c-3040 for 3 years...I want to upgrade and I think I'm leaning toward the minolta a200, felt great in my hands!

my camera wish list starts with...the must haves: 5mp+, 200mm tel or more, WIRELESS remote, anti shake/Image stabilization, low light ability

depending upon who you read....some say the minolta will work in low light others say no....my 3040 always worked in all conditions at 100iso...even in almost total darkness...I took a pic of a cat in the dark in my driveway and it focused and the flash worked....am I in for a let down with this camera....or do I just have to set them at 200iso...center of frame spot focus and it will snap?

and for you a200 owners...the softness issue?...is that improved by uping the sharpness level or shooting in 5mp (which I imagine I will do most shots)...

The 3040's default settings were awful...just the opposite...to harsh/choppy and I always shoot in the soft setting and add any needed sharpness in post processing


I'd love to hear anyone's thoughts, thanks

Sharpness enhancement ?
Better NOT in the camera.

Look at this site : a special way using the Unsharp MAsk within PhotoShop (CS)
Very different from which you have done so far !

The link is :
http://www.lonestardigital.com/usm_fade.htm

Great results!

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Sorry, my mistake about the Lonestar link.:?

I'd still like to know how the camera knows how it is being held though. :?

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I'd still like to know how the camera knows how it is being held though. :?
Perhaps there'sa sensor in the threaded section of the tripod mount at the base of the camera.

The A2 probably makes use the contacts around the grip.

If I scroll down the EXIF data it "there!!"
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Old Feb 1, 2005, 2:15 PM   #20
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Questions for you: Have you used much of the manual focus? What do you think of the magnified image on the LCD? Do you think that the camera is using a forced digital zoom to magnify the image? (I have my digital zoom set to off in Program mode).

I think the manual focus would be better off without the magnification, as it pixelates the image pretty badly. I haven't found a way to disable the auto-magnify for manual
I've turned off the gain up feature on the EVF by setting the Monitor Amp. to Normal;I found it too noisy particularly when the manual focus kicks in. Yes you are probably right - the image used during manual focus is probably a forced digital zoom.

I've also set the DMF to On to allow manual over-ride should I need to. I've not tried it yet other than indoors, but during poor light the other day, it failed to focus on a landscape shot. Changing the FlexiPoint focus position overcame the problem but I would really have liked an infinity lock on this camera (like the CP8800). Next time I'm out I'll see if the manual focus kicks in when I get the red light (Focus failure) to manually set the range to infinity.

Most of myshots are takeoutside so I'm not too concerned but I do like to take the odd shot now and again & hope that the A200 will prove better indoors than my Fuji S602 which let me down dreadfully.
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